jPod was not my first Douglas Coupland novel, but it is my favorite. I’m a child of the 90s and I was a teenager when I first discovered Coupland’s zeitgeisty writing style. His books are very stylized, and are better in paper than electronically. Generally a story is framed by pages of pop culture bits of internet lore, such as fake ads, and bits of what look like quotes from message boards. It’s both fun and annoying, and the way it dates the story is both helpful and irritating. I find the references nostalgic, but I suspect that if I were any younger I wouldn’t be so charmed.